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 Female x Male [Fandom: NCIS] Change in Trajectory (Marie Adriana and JaSamFan88)

Discussion in 'Roleplay Execution' started by Marie Adriana, Jun 23, 2018.

  1. Marie Adriana

    Marie Adriana Lady of the North Community Helpers

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    Gibbs checked his weapon. "I'm out."

    "Me too," Kate answered, turning the rifle in her hands.

    Tony handed Gibbs a magazine for his service weapon, grateful that they carried the same model. Gibbs reloaded. A door opened on the roof.

    "Shooter!" Kate yelled, and made a running leap between the shooter and Gibbs. She crumbled to the rooftop but there was no time to check on her. Gibbs and Tony both fired at the shooter behind the door, until that target was neutralized.

    Tony was the first to think of her, but Gibbs reached her first, rolling her from her curled position onto her back. Gibbs pulled at her NCIS windbreaker until it revealed her vest -- and the flattened bullets embedded in it. Gibbs let out a short breath.

    "You okay?" Tony asked, trying to sound cavalier.

    "Owww," Kate moaned. "I just got shot at point blank range, DiNozzo. What do you think?"

    "You're not going to be going to pilates class tomorrow?"

    Gibbs took her left arm and Tony her right, and as she groaned, they helped her stand. "Protection detail's over, Kate."

    "You did good," Tony said from behind her.

    "For once," Gibbs said, with more than a hint of a smile on his face, "DiNozzo's right."

    Kate chuckled. "Wow. I thought I'd die before I ever hear him," and she twisted to tilt her head at DiNozzo behind her, "get a compliment--"

    The gunshot came from behind Gibbs, over his right shoulder. Kate was still in motion, turning to DiNozzo, when the bullet hit. It impacted her skull directly over her right ear, mangling the ear itself. Blood spurted out rapidly enough that Gibbs feared it was arterial spray.

    "McGee! We need a medic! Kate's hit!" Tony bellowed into his earpiece. "Boss, we gotta get pressure on that, quick!"

    * ~ *

    Gibbs hated hospitals. They were noisy, smelled funny, and invariably the coffee was bad. He'd spent more time than he liked in them -- and found himself again pacing a waiting room.

    The past few hours were a blur -- getting medics to Kate, getting her into the ambulance and then into the ER -- watching her be rushed into emergency surgery -- Ducky arriving to scrub in, to observe -- and he, and DiNozzo, and McGee... waiting.

    He rubbed again at the blood drying on his cuffs. He was drenched in it -- in Kate's blood. He'd been covered in bodily fluids before, but it was the first time that it felt like acid on his skin. She'd taken a bullet for him. The bullets that impacted her vest, yeah -- but he was afraid, deep in his soul, that the bullet that had pierced the side of her head had been meant for his own.

    * ~ *

    Tony watched Gibbs pace as he spoke into his cell phone. Periodically Gibbs would bark out another investigative order, which Tony would add to the ones he was already relaying. When his own authority was not enough to move the process along, he would pass the phone briefly to Gibbs... only to have Gibbs growl an order and pass it back.

    He wasn't sure who he was more concerned about -- Kate, in surgery -- or Gibbs, who was staring at the door to the OR with laser focus. Kate, of course. He was more concerned about her -- she was the one bleeding. But then why did his boss look like he'd been gut shot?

    * ~ *

    Tim had his laptop and Tony's set up on the lone coffee table in the waiting room. He'd already done as much of the paperwork and reports for the rooftop incident that he could, but needed his senior agent to look at them, and then Gibbs. But Tim wasn't about to interrupt either of them. Instead, he focused on complying with the barked (from Gibbs) or measured (from Tony) orders regarding the investigation -- and tried not to think about the fact that sweet Kate, his quasi-big-sister and personal superhero, was being operated on a few doors away.

     
  2. JaSamFan88

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    Abby had ditched her lab as soon as she had gotten the news about Kate. Her eyes were wet with tears, and her mascara streaked down her cheeks, but she didn't give a damn. One of their own was in the hospital and it didn't look good. There was no way in hell she'd be anywhere but with her team. Her family. She'd driven like a crazy person to get to the hospital as quickly as she could, and when she arrived, she didn't even bother to speak to the woman that sat behind the desk at the nurse's station. Instead, her eyes caught sight of Gibbs.

    At that moment, she immediately bolted down the hall to where he stood. She wasted no time and threw her arms around his neck in a tight hug. "Gibbs? What the hell happened? Is Kate okay? Are you okay? Are Tony and Tim...?" Her questions shot rapid fire out of her mouth until they trailed off as she took in the sight of the three of
    them. "Is Kate gonna make it?" It was only when she felt him stiffen in her arms, that she pulled back and noticed he was hurt. "Gibbs, you're hurt! Did Ari do that to you?"

    Abby asked, and quickly started to look him over. She was worried that he had other injuries that he hadn't thought were a big deal and had tried to keep to himself. She found herself frozen as she took in the blood that stained Gibbs's clothes. She forced herself to act normal, though it was hard. Once the young woman had checked him
    over and was satisfied that there was only the one injury, she looked over at Tony and Tim. "What about you two?" She demanded, worried that they too, had gotten hurt
    up on the rooftop.

    Once again, she was hit with the sight of blood. She saw that Tony was covered in it, too. And she couldn't stop staring. "Change. Change. Change. Change. Change." She started mumbling the word repeatedly, unable to deal with seeing them covered in Kate's blood. It was too much. Even for her. She didn't usually freak out at the sight
    of blood. But the horror of knowing that this blood was Kate's that covered them, and that she was hurt and fighting for her life inside this very hospital, nearly sent the
    Goth into a state of shock.

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    Ziva knew that she was risking a lot by showing up at Bethesda where Agent Todd and her team were. But she had a part to play, and so she had to act like a concerned party. Well, she was concerned. Ari had nearly killed Agent Todd. The only thing that had saved her was Agent Gibbs, and a stroke of luck where she was fortunate enough to turn her head at the right time, and have the bullet damage her ear. As she walked into the hospital and took in the sight of Agent Todd's team, she actually froze where she was.

    This was because she looked over at Agent Gibbs and Agent Dinozzo and saw that they were covered in Agent Todd's blood. She took a few moments to quickly pull herself together, to keep her cover in tact, and she walked over to Agent Gibbs. "Agent Gibbs, I need to speak with you, please. In private. Also, maybe you should tell your Agent to change his shirt." She motioned to the dark haired woman that stood a few feet away from them. "That woman looks like she is about to have a panic attack any moment now."

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    ~Dream~


    Kate let out a pained sound as she stepped out of the shower and looked for her towel. The sound of footsteps nearby had her darting to grab the towel and put it around herself to cover her body. She looked up as the door to the bathroom opened and Tony of all people, walked in. "DiNozzo! What the hell are you doing in my apartment, much less walking in while I'm in the shower?" The look on his face was one of surprise, and surprise of her own settled over her when he didn't apologize and back away,
    but instead moved closer.

    He moved in as if he were going to try and kiss her. "Woah! Whatever happened to privacy? Whatever happened to you taking me at my word that if you ever tried to see
    me naked, I'd shoot your dick off? Stop laughing! I'm serious, DiNozzo! This is a HUGE breach of privacy, and I could have you arrested for breaking and entering, among other things!" She had to stop yelling and forced herself to try and calm down. The bruises from earlier when she'd worn her bullet proof vest as they took on Ari, hurt like
    a bitch. And her getting upset wasn't going to do any good.

    Tony laughed, even as he moved in to kiss Kate. He was concerned when she pushed him away from her. "Kate, come on. We're not role playing right now. You know we keep that kind of stuff in the bedroom to keep either of us from getting hurt. I just wanted to see you. So you can stop playing hard to get. We've both been busy lately at NCIS and with our separate teams, that we don't get to spend much time together anymore. I know that you and your team got back this morning, and my team just got back an hour ago."

    "And since we've both gone nearly a year without a single day off, I called in so that we could have the next two days off. It'll just be you and me, with no interruptions, and no one and nothing to worry about.. What do you say?" He let out a shout of alarm when she dropped her towel and then he found himself forcibly slammed into the wall with both of his hands twisted behind his back, with Kate pressing down on him.
    "You know, you could've just warned me that you wanted to start with the rough, kinky stuff first.."

    ~End of Dream~

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    ~Dream~

    Kate was seated on the floor of Gibbs's basement. He was seated beside her and they passed a bottle of Vodka back and forth between them. They were both drunk, which was a good thing, as she was usually less of a hardass when she was drunk. "I've been part of the team for two years now, and it's first time I've felt like I'm finally part of a family. Do you know how screwed up that is, Gibbs? I've been engaged three times and married twice. And all of those relationships crashed and burned. Because of the job. Because they say that I'm a cold fish."

    "Because I don't want to give up my career and spend the rest of my life being the kept housewife.." She made a face at the idea of it. "I'd rather be out on the streets with my gun and badge and making a difference. But the men that I've dated, gotten engaged to, and married, all thought it was just a phase. Like I'm some silly woman who can't be serious about loving her career.
    They'd rather see me at home popping out a bunch of kids and making them dinner. After I kicked them in the balls for even suggesting such a thing, I said good riddance and moved on."

    Kate sighed softly, and then paused. "Sorry. I know that was the kind of marriage you had with your first wife. I don't mean to knock it, just that it's not for me. I can't see myself settled down and chasing after screaming kids. Not at this point in my life, at least." She took another sip from the bottle of Vodka, and then handed it back to him.
    She turned to face Gibbs and her eyes raked over his face, and then his form, and a thought popped into her head that Gibbs was hot. Not just in an older man sort of way.

    No, he was really hot. And part of her couldn't help but wonder what it would be like to kiss him and taste the bourbon on his lips that he always drank from. He'd made an acception this time for her, because she's brought the Vodka.. but that didn't stop her thoughts from going where they shouldn't. "Hey, Gibbs.." When he turned to face her, a question in his eyes, she decided to make the first move. "I just wanted to tell you.. this.." She reached out with both of her hands and cupped his face in them. Then, she moved in close, leaned in and their lips met...


    ~End of Dream~
     
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  3. Marie Adriana

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    The arrival of hurricane Abby at least pulled Gibbs's eyes away from the OR door. He accepted her hug automatically, but her straightforward question about Kate's survival drew him up short. Of course Kate would make it. The alternative did not bear thinking about.

    He bore her fussing over his wound as patiently as he could, relieved when her attention shifted to DiNozzo and McGee. It didn't register in his mind that he hadn't said a word to her -- his attention was once more locked on the OR.

    Tony blinked at Abby -- and her sudden desire to chant a single word in a loop. It didn't register immediately that she was saying 'Change' because he had his cell phone to one ear on hold and Gibbs's cell phone on the other ear, talking to dispatch. But the look on her face... that did sink in. He looked down at his shirt, only now comprehending how much blood was on it. On him. Kate's blood. Oh God.

    Tim rose from the floor -- it was the best place to sit and work on the laptops on the coffee table -- and headed for the pile of bags where they'd dumped their gear and started digging for clean shirts when he heard Abby's chant, and had just retrieved two clean NCIS t-shirts when he heard an unfamiliar voice.

    Gibbs turned to the newcomer. "Anything you got to say to me, you can say in front of my team," he growled. "And I'm not going anywhere." His eyes returned to the OR door. "DiNozzo, change your shirt before Abby hyperventilates."

    "On it, boss." Tony took the clean t-shirt Tim handed him, and without regard for their location stripped out of what he was wearing, using it to scrub at the dried blood on his skin.

    Tim crossed the room and handed Gibbs the second shirt. "You too, boss," he said, and didn't flinch at the glare. "You're covered in blood too," Tim added quietly.

    Just as Tony had, Gibbs pulled his shirt off where he stood, swapping it for the clean one. He didn't care how it looked -- didn't care if the nosy intruder thought they were both out of their minds. Maybe he was, a little -- because he couldn't look away from the damned door.
     
  4. JaSamFan88

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    Ziva nodded, as she listened to Agent Gibbs speak. She didn't flinch under his glare or even when he growled at her. She knew that he was upset and stressed, but she still wasn't going to let that get in the way of her mission here. She reached into her pocket and pulled out her badge to show him. "Ziva David, Mossad. I am here on behalf
    of the Director of the Mossad. I am Ari Haswari's handler. I also know your Director Shepard, and she has agreed to let me deal with Ari and bring him back to Israel, where he will face charges for his attempts on your life."

    "Also that of your team's, and for his latest attempt, which was on Agent Todd." She put her badge back into her pocket once more, and moved to stand directly in front of Gibbs this time. "I am informing you of what is going to happen, Agent Gibbs. If you try to interfere with my orders to take Ari back to Israel, back to the Mossad, then you will be putting the treaty between Israel and the United States in jeopardy. And with the strained relations there already is, I am sure that you do not want to make things worse."

    "I am authorised to remove Ari Haswari from your jurisdiction by any means necessary. If you try to stop me, I will use lethal force. I do not wish to do so, but I will if it comes down to it." There was no hesitation at all in her words or on her face as she told Agent Gibbs the way it was going to be. It didn't matter that Ari was her half brother. That they shared the same father. She was there to do a job, and follow her father's orders to get Ari back to Israel to face justice for his crimes. The thought that Ari had gone after Agent Gibbs, his team, and had nearly killed Agent Todd, put a lump in her throat the size of a boulder.

    But she quickly brushed the feeling away. Now wasn't the time to get sentimental. Ari had put them all in jeopardy by acting out against their father. His actions could start a war between Israel and the United States. So, to prevent that from happening, she was here to capture her half brother, and bring him home. Ziva just hoped that she'd get the chance to do so. She could already see it in Agent Gibbs and his team's eyes. Their need for revenge was pulling at them, but they had it tamped down for the moment as they waited for news of Agent Todd and what her condition was.

    She cleared her throat and then shot a look at Agent Gibbs, and both of his men. "That goes for the two of you, as well. If anyone from NCIS tries to interfere with my orders to bring Ari in, alive.. You will be arrested, brought to Israel and punished there. And one thing to know.. Jails in Israel are not as soft as they are here. You will not get three fulls meals a day. You will not have a bench to sit on, and you will not be released because some fancy lawyer showed up and sprouted out a bunch of legal nonsense." She looked back to Gibbs.

    "And before you take that as a threat, you should know. I do not threaten. I simply promise. And I keep my promises." After she had spoken, she turned around and walked off. As she walked off, she pulled her phone out of her pocket, pressed a number on speed dial, and immediately began to speak in Hebrew as she left. She hadn't reacted to when Agents Gibbs and DiNozzo had removed their shirts in public. She was well aware that it was to keep the strangely dressed woman from freaking out. The unsettling thought went through her mind that the sight of Agent DiNozzo's chest wasn't such a bad thing to look at..
     
  5. Marie Adriana

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    Gibbs swallowed a growl when David put herself between him and the OR door. She hadn't flinched the first time, and if it didn't work on her, he didn't see any point in devoting more attention to her than he had to. But he didn't like what she had to say -- that she was Ari's handler, reporting to the Mossad director, and had Jenny's blessing.

    But threatening his team -- and she could say it wasn't a threat, but he wasn't fucking stupid -- blasted through Gibbs's focus and ratcheted up his anger to nuclear levels of devastation. "You want him alive?"

    Tony looked up from the notepad he'd been scribbling notes into. That tone was a giant blazing red flag -- he could see out of the corner of his eye Tim straighten his posture, coming almost to military perfect attention.

    "If you want him alive, you'd better find him before I do," Gibbs said. He nodded towards the OR door. "And you'd better hope like hell she makes it -- because if she dies, I'll tear the fucking world apart looking for him."

    Tim's eyes widened at Gibbs's expletive, but he didn't move otherwise. Didn't want to draw the ire of their boss -- didn't want to draw attention from the interloper, either. His eyes met Tony's, and he saw the same concern in the senior agent's expression.

    When David left -- flounced out, Tony thought uncharitably, though there really wasn't any flouncing in her very fine movements -- he sought out Abby's eyes, and then let them flicker to Gibbs in a blatant plea for the Goth to focus on their boss.
     
  6. JaSamFan88

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    Abby had just gotten her jaw up off the floor after she and the others had watched the scene between Gibbs and the stranger. The woman who flashed a badge and said she was with the Mossad. She was shocked into complete stillness for once in her life as she watched Gibbs and the woman face off. When it finished and Gibbs looked like he was about to kill someone, she spared a glance at Tony and McGee, and then nodded at Tony's look. Then, she quickly crossed the waiting room to where Gibbs stood.

    "Gibbs.. Chow run.." She told him, figuring it would do him some good to take a breather. When he turned his tense look on her, she met him look for look for the first time since they had met. "Chow run.." She repeated firmly, and then reached out and took hold of his arm and began to lead him away, not waiting for him to agree. "DiNozzo!
    Call the minute you get any updates!" Then, the young woman resumed pulling Gibbs along, and out of the hospital. The tension in his body was easy to see, and once she had gotten him out of the hospital and into her car, she buckled up.

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    hen, she turned to Gibbs and hesitantly reached out, placing one of her hands over his. She wasn't usually scared of Gibbs. They were family. She had no reason to be scared of him. But the way he looked now, he looked one moment away from completely losing his temper after what had happened with that Mossad Officer. "Kate's
    gonna be okay. And as for that Mossad Officer, she just doesn't understand. But she will. We'll talk to the Director and we'll work something out that doesn't cause issues
    with the treaty."

    "But for now, just try and breathe, okay? Let's get some food and take some breaths, and we'll focus on Kate. Anything else can wait." After she spoke, she ignored her seatbelt and reached over and hugged him tightly against her like she usually did. She knew that their hugs were special. She was the only one he allowed to touch him.
    When the hug ended, she pulled back and turned on her car. Within moments she pulled out of the hospital parking lot and drove to a nearby food place. "What are you gonna do if that woman finds Ari first?"

    Abby didn't want to make him even more angry, but she was honestly worried about what he was going to do. "I don't want you chasing after them, Gibbs. If you get caught, they'd throw you in jail there and throw away the key. So please, focus on Kate. Focus on being there for her if she wakes up.. On how to deal with it.. if she doesn't.. Because even though you and Tony try to hide it, I can tell how much Kate means to both of you. And you know, I won't say anything to anyone. I just, I'm worried about you. Really worried."

    "For a split second in there, I was honestly worried that you'd attack her when she said that she wanted Ari brought in alive. Be careful, Gibbs. Please. For me, for all of us. We all love you and don't want you to get killed. Kate wouldn't want it, either.." She said softly.
     
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  7. Marie Adriana

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    Tim and Tony were silent as they watched Abby drag their boss out of the waiting room -- knowing she was the only one with a prayer's chance of actually getting him to move.

    "Um. Is it just me, or did Gibbs just threaten to cause an international incident if Kate doesn't make it?" Tim asked hesitantly.

    "Wasn't just you, probie. I saw it too." Tony's face was somber. "And for the record?" He turned and fixed Tim with almost as intense a stare as one from Gibbs. "I'm on his six, if he goes after Ari."

    * ~ *

    Gibbs let Abby manhandle him out of the hospital -- even though he wanted to stay and keep vigil for Kate, he knew that Abby's intentions were good. (And that DiNozzo would call immediately if something changed -- call Abby's phone, Gibbs added, because he'd left his own with Tony.)

    He didn't know how to tell Abby that he couldn't focus more on Kate than he already was -- that nearly ever fiber of his being was focused on her. "I don't know, Abbs," Gibbs admitted after she released him. The hug had carried its usual special magic -- he felt somewhat calmer. "I don't know what I'll do if she takes Ari back to Israel. He should be tried as a terrorist -- for the assault on Gerald, for the assault on Kate..." and it was going to stay a damned assault, because he couldn't face the idea of it being a murder, "... not extradited back to Israel to go back to running ops for Mossad."

    His gaze strayed to the window. "I don't know what I'll do if she dies. Last time I buried a woman I -- cared about, it damned near killed me. I don't know if I can do it again."

    Any other time - any other circumstance - Gibbs wouldn't have admitted that to anyone. He wouldn't have been able to allow anyone to see him vulnerable, but this was Abby. He loved her, as much as he was able.
     
  8. JaSamFan88

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    Abby kept one hand on the wheel and she used her other one to take one of his hands into hers and squeezed it. "I agree with everything that you've said. He should stay here and pay for what he's done. As for Kate, think good thoughts. I know that you and the others don't believe in 'good vibes' and all of that, but it's a real thing. Pour all of what you're feeling for Kate, into your thoughts and wish for her to be okay." She smiled at him. "God knows not to deny the powerful and legendary Leroy Jethro Gibbs anything, or there will be hell to pay."

    "Literally and figuratively." They pulled up at the food place and picked up something for everyone. Several minutes later, they were back on their way to the hospital together. As she was driving them back to the hospital, her cell phone went off in her purse. "Hey Gibbs, can you get my phone out and check out that message for me?
    It might be from Tony or McGee with an update." It turned out she was right, sort of. The message ended up being for Gibbs, but only partially about Kate. Tony had texted and said that he got a call from Director Shepard.

    Who needed Gibbs's paperwork on Kate's shooting. It didn't have to be right now, but it did need to be tonight. He was needed to go back to NCIS. They got to the hospital and spent the next few hours playing the waiting game. A few times during the wait, they had all needed to step outside for some fresh air and to take a moment to pull themselves together. But as the hours passed and there was no word, her hopes of Kate being okay, started to falter. That is until 5 long hours later, when both the surgeon and Ducky came out to talk to them.

    The surgeon used a bunch of medical terms that was nonsense to them, but thankfully Ducky translated for them. The surgery had gone well, but because of the swelling in Kate's head, she had lapsed into a coma. They didn't know when or if she was going to wake up. The surgeon was optimistic, given that Kate didn't have any other dangerous injuries to delay healing. He also said that the amount of time she would be in the coma, was dependent on how long it would take to heal her body and injuries, and for the swelling in her brain to go down.

    Also, that if Kate did come out of the coma, she might have permanent issues from the shooting that she'd deal with for the rest of her life. Abby didn't know what to do or think, once all the information had been given. She dropped down into the nearest chair and let the tears fall once more, as she silently cried. After a few minutes, though, she sniffled, wiped her eyes and got up. "Come on, Gibbs. I'll drop you at NCIS so you can do your paperwork. Then I'll come back here and stay with Kate."

    "When I come back, Tony, McGee, you can both go home for the night. I plan to be here all night with Kate. We can change out a few hours a day, so that someone's always here with her." She hugged both Tony and McGee, and then turned and headed for Gibbs. Before any of her team could protest, she once more grabbed Gibbs's uninjured arm and dragged him back out of the hospital. "Call a cab when you're done with the paperwork. It's not a good idea for you to be driving right now." When they arrived at NCIS 20 minutes later, she kissed his cheek and watched as he exited her car and went into the building.

    Abby spotted the Director coming out of NCIS and realized that the other woman had probably just finished up for the night and was going home. It was 3am. She waved and after the Director had gotten safely to her car, then pulled out and drove off a few minutes later, she turned around and drove back to the hospital. It was going to be difficult to kick Tony and McGee out of the hospital, but she pledged to do whatever it took. She cared about her team, her family. And she wasn't about to let them worry themselves sick over Kate. It's not what their friend would want.

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    Ziva was seated in MTAC after a long discussion with Jenny. Her friend had left a little while ago, but she wasn't ready to leave yet. The whole situation with Ari and Kate was difficult on both sides. They were all trying their best. She had reached out to her half brother a little while ago and asked him, had begged him not to go after Agent Gibbs again, especially after what had happened with Agent Todd. Ari had assured her that he was fine, that he was going to be fine when all this was over, and had tried to persuade her to leave and go back to Israel.

    He told her that he was going to do as she asked and leave Agent Gibbs alone, but there was something in his voice that had made her mistrust his words. So, she told him that Agent Gibbs wasn't at home. And when he replied back and said that he knew, that he was at Gibbs's place and would be seeing her soon.. She shot up out of her chair and crept out of MTAC, where she used the stairs to hide behind. She saw Ari show up. Watched as he taunted Gibbs about Kate. About how he liked Kate and had asked her out and been turned down.

    About how he was initially angry at having missed killing Gibbs on the rooftop, but was now glad to have a second chance. And when she saw his hands move to his waist where she knew he kept his gun, she made a quick and painful decision.. She reached for her own gun and already had it pulled out, just as Ari's hands closed around his. And before she could overthink it and change her mind, she fired off 5 quick shots, all of them in Ari's head. Her breath was coming out in gasps, as she simply couldn't believe that she'd just killed her own brother.

    Her father would never forgive her, and she'd be banned from returning to Israel. Once she was sure Ari was dead, she descended the rest of the way down the stairs, with her gun still pointed out in front of her, and made her way over to where Gibbs stood, only a few feet from Ari's body. Ziva didn't say anything. She didn't know what to say, as she stared down at her brother's body and wished things had turned out differently.
     
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  9. Marie Adriana

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    Tony fielded Director Shepherd's demand for Gibbs's presence back at the Navy Yard as tactfully as he knew how -- which, granted, was a little impaired by the fact that he'd been sitting in a waiting room at Bethesda for several hours. He passed on the order to Gibbs through Abby -- glad not to have to face Gibbs's glare first hand -- and settled in to wait.

    Five hours later, when they were briefed by Ducky and Kate's surgeon about her condition and her prognosis... Tony wasn't sure how to react. He swallowed hard and glanced between McGee and Gibbs -- both of whom looked as shell-shocked as he felt. "Well. Trust Kate to find a way to get a vacation," he quipped, and if his voice shook a little... well, nobody would mention it.

    Tim's head whipped to Tony when he spoke. He wanted to object to the comment... wanted to protest Tony's flippancy, but something in the stiffness of his posture prevented Tim from speaking. Instead, he followed Abby's suggestion (order?) and packed up his things to head home and get some sleep.

    Gibbs let Abby drag him back to her car -- not even protesting that he was fine to drive. He wasn't. He wasn't fine at all. Kate in a coma, for an indeterminate amount of time... it brought back memories of his own coma, back in '91. The events that caused it had been bad -- waking up from it had been worse. He would do everything in his power to ensure that when Kate woke up... it would be to friendly faces, without bad news. Preferably his own face.

    Realizing Abby had been right not to let him drive, Gibbs headed in to NCIS to complete the damned paperwork Jenny had requested. As if he had time for reports and procedures when his Kate -- when one of his agents was lying in a hospital bed! Thankfully, he knew his trusty St. Bernard had completed a first draft of the report -- all Gibbs would need to do would be to read, revise, and sign the report. He was seated at his desk doing just that, in a bullpen lit only by desk lamps, when the unwelcome personage of Ari Haswari entered the bullpen -- hands spread wide to show he was unarmed. Gibbs didn't care -- that didn't make him less dangerous.

    "So nice to see you again, Agent Gibbs," he drawled. "I am surprised to see you here. I expected to have to wait at Bethesda until the doctors evicted you from dear Caitlin's bedside."

    "She's not your dear anything," Gibbs retorted automatically.

    Ari's smile was slow and predatory. "She could have been. Keep your hands where I can see them, Agent Gibbs. I know how good you are with that gun on your hip." Gibbs kept his hands flat on the desk. "I asked her on date, did you know? She turned me down flat, even though I could see she was interested. Such expressive eyes," he added, watching Gibbs's own eyes darken. "I didn't intend to hit her, of course -- I was aiming for you. Just happenstance that you moved as you did." Ari's smile turned into something closer to a sneer. "All the better, really. I can kill you now, then sweep sweet Caitlin off her feet -- "

    Gibbs reached for his gun, and before Ari could ready his own -- five gunshots echoed against the orange walls, and Ari Haswari crumpled to the ground.

    Gun still drawn, Gibbs turned to the shooter who'd saved his life. To his surprise - and dawning horror - David, still in a shooting stance was closing the distance between them. "Why?" he demanded hoarsely. "Why did you pull the trigger?" He couldn't force himself to holster his gun , not with hers still out -- not until he knew what would cause a previously dedicated Mossad officer and daughter of the Director of Mossad to kill her own half-brother. "McGee ran a background check on you -- I know who you are. I know who he is to you. Why?"
     
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    When Ziva had crossed the room and now stood beside Gibbs, she finally lowered her gun and put it away. "Why, Agent Gibbs? Three reasons, actually. One, because Ari wanted revenge against our father, and against you. He saw so much of our father in you, and he hated our father. He wanted to start a war and he did not care who got
    hurt in the process. I could not tolerate the idea of so many innocents getting slaughtered as the two of you chased each other around the world for years. Two, because
    you did not need to drop another body."

    "I am fully aware of your history in law enforcement. And three, because it had to be me. Ari thought that he had me all figured out. He thought I trusted him to keep his word. But his voice gave away his intentions when I spoke to him. I knew he would go to your home. I knew he would come here if he did not find you there. So, I talked
    to Jenny -- Director Shepard. And I told her that I would do whatever was necessary to keep the treaty intact. So I did." She looked down at her brother's body and then
    back at Agent Gibbs.

    "He was not always this way. Believe it or not, he was once a good kid. The death of his mother changed him, and when our father recruited him to join the Mossad.. there was no more of that kid I used to know." She cleared her throat and then moved back a little to put a bit of space between them. "Our father trained me to be a killer, Agent Gibbs. He did the same to Ari. It was like brainwashing. He tried to stamp out any humanity that we had inside of us. He tried to turn us into his mindless, emotionless robot soldiers. And Ari gave in to it."

    "He became just as cruel and insane as some of the others I have seen in the Mossad in the past. But no matter how much our father tried to do the same to me, I would not let him stamp out my humanity. Not entirely. So, that is why I killed Ari. It was not just about you. It was about doing this for the brother I once loved.
    I will arrange to have Ari's body shipped back to Israel for burial and my father will handle everything else to do with our customs. Once Ari's body is back home, I will be banned from returning there again, for going against the Mossad and killing him."

    "If I try to return to Israel for anything, they will shoot on sight. So I will go to Paris. It is where Ari and I had planned to meet when this was over. When I was still uninformed of what was really going on. We had planned to start over and try to have a normal life. I have never been there and have always wanted to see it." Ziva pulled out her phone and called the Director. She and Jenny had a quick conversation, and then she hung up. "The Director is on her way back here, along with the police. They are going to want to question you for a few minutes."

    "And when that is done, you can go back to Bethesda and check on Agent Todd. The security cameras here will tell the Director, and my father, and the police, everything that they need to know."
     
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    Gibbs lowered his gun when David did, holstering it and shifting his jacket back to its usual concealing position. The hell of it was... he wanted to trust her. Her body language screamed of genuine emotional pain, and though he couldn't detect it in her voice -- and that was damned impressive -- he could see it, deep in her eyes. Reminded him, in a strange way, of his own method of dealing with grief. (Which is, he admitted wryly, to NOT deal with it.)

    "Not just about me?" Gibbs repeated. "How did he think I was like Eli David?" The idea was repugnant -- he'd never considered himself to have anything in common with the Director of Mossad. Slowly, he placed himself between David and Ari's body. No matter how she felt about him, she didn't need to keep staring at his body... it wouldn't change anything.

    (Later, he would wonder if that was the first time he admitted to himself that she might be human.)

    He waited until she'd finished on the phone. "You wouldn't just be banned from Israel, would you?" he asked quietly. "Your life is in danger, for what you've done tonight. For saving me, instead of following orders." Gibbs paused. "If you know my history, you know I can't let that happen -- can't let you be hurt for protecting me."
     
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    "The only similarity that I see between you and my father, is the obvious one. I do not know what all Ari saw in you that was similar to our father. But the one thing that I saw was, the job always comes first. Above everything else. Including family.." She said softly. "My father -- my and Ari's father, cared more about molding us into weapons than the fact that we were children. That we were his children. You want to know a harsh truth Agent Gibbs? Both Ari and I lost our mother's when we were young. We never knew what happened to them, not really."

    "Our father always said that one of his enemies attacked, and ended up killing his wives before he could save them. But I found out the truth a few years ago when I was on a job with some of his most trusted men. They got drunk and their mouths ran freely. My father killed my mother, and Ari's, because they found out what kind of man he is, and tried to get us away from him and divorce him. He did not want that, so he killed them." She looked up and locked eyes with Gibbs when he placed himself between her and Ari's body. "I am fine, Agent Gibbs."

    "Death is a part of life. It has been a constant part of my life since I was 8. I know you are trying to be kind, and it is appreciated, but not needed." When she hung up from taking to Jenny, and Gibbs asked about what would happen to her life in Israel, she nodded. "That is correct. I would not just be banned from my home. I will be hunted
    by my father's men. By Ari's friends. But I can take it. I knew that this would happen when I made the decision to do this when I was in MTAC. And I still went through with
    it, because it was the right thing to do."

    Ziva gave him a tiny smile when he said that he couldn't let her get hurt for protecting him. "Agent Gibbs, I appreciate the gesture, but it is unnecessary. You do not need to worry about me. As I am sure you learned when your agent did a background on me, I can take care of myself. I am used to doing it." She stopped talking as Jenny showed
    up, along with the police, and everyone started going over the crime scene. The yellow and black crime scene tape went up and she saw Dr. Mallard and Agent DiNozzo step off the elevator together and head in their direction.

    She was glad when one of the investigators asked her to follow him to another room in the building for questioning. She saw that Agent Gibbs was being led away as well, probably to be questioned, too. She spared one last look at Ari's body, and then smoothed out the mask on her face that she was used to wearing to hide her feelings and emotions from anyone and everyone. A few hours passed and after the questioning was over, she was allowed to exit the interrogation room, simultaneously letting out a grunt of surprise and reaching for her gun.

    Right when she ran into someone, and looked up to see Agent DiNozzo before her. Her hand twitched on her gun a few times, before she forced her hand away from it and down at her side. "How is Agent Todd? And where is Dr. Mallard? Has he moved Ari's body yet? I want to get started on preparations to get him sent home..."
     
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    Gibbs felt like he'd been gut-punched when she said he valued his job over his family. Maybe worse than gut-punched -- for a moment, he couldn't breath. "I let my job take my family once -- it will never happen again," he said in a low, intense voice. "Never. Do you understand me? And my team -- they're my family now. And Marines take care of their own."

    He had to respect the stoicism she presented, when admitting that her father would seek her out, and have her killed. "Just because you've done it alone so far, doesn't mean you have to keep being alone." Which was rich, coming from him -- he knew that in her place, it was vanishingly unlikely he'd have accepted help. But he had to try.

    His efforts to sway her were interrupted by the entrance of Ducky and DiNozzo. His lead agent made a beeline for him, doing a visual survey for new injuries. "Boss?"

    In just one word, Tony asked what had happened, who was to blame, and how he could help. Gibbs let his eyes close briefly. He had no idea what he'd done to earn Tony's loyalty -- that absolute unwavering backup that he'd had since he'd first convinced DiNozzo to leave Philly and join NCIS. Couldn't have explained it with a million words, but it meant as much to him as the simple affection Abby offered. "Stand down, DiNozzo. Threat's been neutralized -- permanently."

    Tony looked at the body on the ground -- at Gibbs, trying to block David's view of it -- and nodded. Nothing else needed to be said.

    * ~ *

    Tony hadn't been expecting anyone in the hall to interrogation, and ran full-body into David. "Whoa. Sorry." He was glad his cup of high-octane coffee had a lid on it... and that the contact had been brief enough that he couldn't dwell on her assets. "Ducky -- Dr. Mallard -- took his body downstairs to autopsy. I don't know if you can make arrangements yet, but I can check." If Gibbs was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt -- and his trying to shield her view told Tony that much -- then Tony would give her the same courtesy. But thinking about Kate, his expression drew tighter. "Kate -- Agent Todd -- is in a coma. Supposedly her prognosis is good, but... they have no way of knowing how long it'll be, before she wakes up."
     
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    After everything with Agent Gibbs and Ari, and then being questioned for a few hours, she was ready to leave. Ready to go to the hotel room she was renting while in town and just try and forget about everything for a while. As she stepped out of interrogation and ran into Agent DiNozzo, she heard him apologize and did the same. "I am sorry, too. Thank you, I would like that. I wish to accompany you to autopsy and check in with Dr. Mallard and see for myself that Ari's body is being treated with respect."

    A frown came to her lips as she listened to Agent DiNozzo tell her that Agent Todd was in a coma. "I am glad that she is still alive, though I am sorry she is in a coma. I hope she is able to wake up soon.." She said softly, and she meant it. "I wish that I had known Ari's true plans earlier. I would have stopped him before he could hurt Agent Todd.
    I would have forced him to listen to me and gotten him to see reason. But he was driven by the hate in his heart." She quickly cleared her throat, and forced away the emotion she felt about the entire situation.

    "Lead the way to autopsy, please." After she spoke, she fell silent once more and found herself lost in her thoughts and memories. As they walked to autopsy, her phone rang and she pulled it from her pocket to read the display. At the sight of her father's name, she sucked in a deep breath, released it, and then squared her shoulders as if she were going into battle, and answered. As soon as she heard her father's voice, she broke into rapid Hebrew where she tried to explain the situation to him, though he didn't want to hear it..

    When he started shouting through the phone, her voice got softer, more serious, the louder his got. And no matter what she said, the shouting got worse and worse. She closed her eyes to take a moment to once more, bury her thoughts, feelings, and emotions and when she spoke again, it was in English. "I understand, father. You will do what you have to, and so will I." Her anger sparked as they talked, and for the moment, she forgot that she was still speaking in English. "When does the ban on Israel start? What about my home, my things...?"

    Ziva paused and listened for several minutes. "There is no need to bomb the place. Just have one of your men send my things that I had gotten from my mother, Tali and Ari over the years. Everything else is just things, you can burn them. I will get a storage while I am in town and put those things in there. And father? You will not have to worry about me showing up at Ari's funeral. I will make sure he gets to Israel okay, and then I will drop off your radar." She paused to listen and then said, "If you had been worried about what my mother or Ari's mother wanted, then you would not have trained your children to be killers."

    "I will call you tomorrow to tell you where to send my things.." She snapped her phone shut angrily, but didn't say anything else as they walked into autopsy.
     
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    "God knows, you can't choose your family," Tony said sourly, thinking of his father, as he led her down to autopsy. "Sorry. I didn't mean to be disrespectful."

    He tried not to listen as she talked to her father... but there was no avoiding it in the elevator. When she hung up, Tony wanted to offer condolences -- he knew what being disowned felt like -- but he had no idea whether she'd feel comforted or offended. He settled on silence as they walked into autopsy.

    "Anthony, I was not expecting -- well, hello there. And who might you be?" Ducky asked, turning from the body laid out on the table to regard the newcomer. He hadn't yet started the Y-incision, was merely doing his complete external exam.
     
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    Ziva waved off his apology. "It is no thing. I am used to how my father and brother make people feel. Trust me, you have not been offensive. I have heard and even said worse about both of them over the years. I love my family, but they can be.. what is that word...? Difficult? Yes, difficult." They stepped into autopsy and she gave the elderly medical examiner a smile when she saw him. She removed her badge from her pocket and showed him, as she introduced herself. "Dr. Mallard, I am Ziva David. I am with the Mossad."

    "I am also Ari's sister
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    and I wish to sit in as you examine his body. I wish to make sure that he is treated with respect. I realize that will be difficult for you given that he has harmed Agent Todd, so I will be here to make sure nothing unfortunate happens. I will not be in your way, but I will be close by to keep an eye on both you and Ari's body." She hadn't said anything to Agent DiNozzo since they had arrived at autopsy a few minutes before. She turned to him now and then said, "Agent DiNozzo, thank you."

    "For showing me where autopsy is. However,
    perhaps your time would be better spent with you
    checking on Agent Gibbs and making sure that he is okay. You do not have to worry about Dr. Mallard. Or about me harming him. He is... All medical personnel in Israel are respected, and I bring that custom with me wherever I go. Besides, Dr. Mallard looks like he has kind eyes.." She said and gave him a slight smile, and for the first time since she had arrived in the United States, she allowed herself to relax just a fraction of a bit.

    "You might also call Miss Sciuto and ask for an update on Agent Todd. Hopefully her vitals will be well, even with her in a coma.." After she had said all of that, she fell silent and walked deeper into the room, her eyes back on Ari's body once more. She leaned over and kissed his cheek gently, and spoke in Hebrew: "אחי, אתה יכול לנוח בשלום, ואת כל השדים שלך סוף סוף להיות לנוח."

    (My brother, may you rest in peace, and may all your demons finally be put to rest .)
     
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    Tony wanted to believe her. Hell, Gibbs believed her, at least a little, or she wouldn't still be alive. But the last time a Mossad officer had been in autopsy alive, Gerald had gotten a bullet to the shoulder, and Kate and Ducky had gotten the fright of their lives.

    Some of that conflict evidently showed on his face, because Ducky offered him a reassuring smile. "Run along to Jethro, then, Anthony -- and do please check on Caitlin. Let me know if there are any changes, of course, dear boy... and then might I suggest that you get some rest?" The older man's brogue was thicker than normal, a result of his own emotion -- and if he hadn't already been gloved up for the autopsy, he'd have put a reassuring hand on Tony's shoulder.

    "Yeah -- yeah, okay, Duck." Tony gave one last look at Ziva before exiting.

    "There now, where were we..." Ducky murmured -- to himself, and to Ari's body. "Ah, yes. It was Paul Mauser who introduced the first commercially manufactured semi-automatic pistol -- just before the turn of the century. Last century, you know..."
     
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    Once Agent DiNozzo had left, and Dr. Mallard started his exam on Ari's body, Ziva remained silent so the man could work. She put space between herself, Dr. Mallard, and Ari's body and stood with her back against the wall, as she watched the exam. She found herself unable to stop staring, no matter how hard she tried. But finally, some time later, she cleared her throat and forced herself to look down at her phone and text some of her contacts from Israel. Seeing her brother's body there. So still, so.. dead. It reminded her of when she had lost her sister, Tali, too.

    And with her mother, and Ari's mother dead, her father was all that she would have left. But now, she wouldn't even have that. Without her permission, a lone tear fell down her cheek. She was officially alone now. She reached up and quickly wiped the tear away, and then cleared her throat to speak. The young woman didn't mean to be disrespectful and interrupt, but she needed to know something.
    For her own sanity. "Excuse me, Dr. Mallard? How long will the examination take?" She wasn't trying to rush him. She
    wanted and needed him to do his job well.

    And Ziva could tell from the moment they had met just now, that he was a man who took his job seriously. A thought came to her, that given the hell Ari had caused these people, maybe she should do something to put the medical examiner's mind at ease. "I want to make it clear, that you are not in any danger from me, Dr. Mallard. And to prove it.." She removed her weapon from the holster at her hip, crossed the room to a table at the far corner and placed her gun, several knives, and another gun that she removed from an ankle holster, on the table and then crossed the room once more.


    Now that she was effectively weaponless, she could only hope that he'd understand, she truly meant him no harm. Sure, she could still take him down in a physical fight, but it wouldn't come to that, hopefully. She glanced up several minutes later, as the doors to autopsy opened once more and glanced over to see Agent Gibbs walk in, with Agent DiNozzo returning, right behind him. She knew that Agent Gibbs was concerned about Dr. Mallard, so she didn't move from her position against the wall for which she had returned to, after removing all of her weapons.

    "I understand that you do not trust me, Agent Gibbs. You seem like the sort who has trouble trusting anyone. But you should know that I will not harm anyone in this room. The deed is done. I have no reason to threaten or attack anyone here."
     
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    Ducky turned, having allowed himself to forget that the young woman was in the room. "My dear, if Anthony thought you were a danger to me, he would not have left," Ducky said calmly. "And please, call me Ducky - everyone does." He watched her disarm, somewhat surprised at the number of weapons she kept on her body. "I appreciate that you are trying to put me at ease, Miss -- Officer David, but it is not necessary. You are here out of duty -- I understand that. The dead deserve our respect, and I assure you that I do not take that lightly. I cannot give you an estimate as to how long it will take, unfortunately -- it depends on the complexity of the damage. Several hours, I should think."

    Gibbs entered autopsy with DiNozzo half a step behind him and to the left. "Got anything for me, Duck?"

    Ducky raised an eyebrow. "As you were a witness to the death, I hardly think that I can add anything probative. This is a formality, Jethro. A necessary one, but it is not an investigation."

    Gibbs grunted and his eyes focused on David. "If I thought you were a threat to Doctor Mallard, you wouldn't be down here," Gibbs said bluntly. "Abbs called. Kate's stable, her vitals have leveled out for now. We're just playing the waiting game."

    Tony kept his mouth shut, but his eyes were on Officer David. It wasn't an imposition to watch her -- even though what she was wearing was too severely cut to be pretty, there was a damned nice figure hidden there. God, he must be tired to be thinking that -- on the other hand, she HAD killed a man to defend Gibbs, and that catapulted her automatically several rungs up in the DiNozzo respect scale.
     
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    Ziva smiled, and then she nodded when he said that Agent DiNozzo wouldn't have left them alone if he'd thought she was a threat do the Doctor. "Good point, Doctor. And please, call me Ziva." She nodded once more, and was glad that he understood she wasn't a threat to him. And was glad when he explained about the examination on Ari's
    body. She listened as Ducky and Agent Gibbs spoke, and her eyes caught his, when the agent grunted and then looked at her. "If I were a threat to him, I would have taken
    you out at the same time as Ari."

    "Killed two birds with a rock," She said bluntly, and then fell silent as Agent Gibbs spoke about Miss Sciuto and Agent Todd. She glanced over at Agent DiNozzo and caught him checking her body out. She flashed him a smile and returned the gesture, her eyes lingering on his crotch for several moments, before she forced her gaze back up to meet his, not even bothering to hide her interest in him and his body, from anyone in the room.
    After a few moments though, she cleared her throat and then turned to Agent Gibbs.

    "Given everything with Agent Todd and Ari, it might be a good idea to put one of your people on guard with Agent Todd and Miss Sciuto. This is not over, not by a long shot. Ari had lots of friends. And while I can and will kill any that go near Agent Todd, you should know that anyone around her will be a target. You and your team were just doing your jobs, but Agent Todd got too close to what Ari was up to. Your team, and Agent Todd, know way too much about their activities. And there will be a line of people that do not wish for their secrets to get out."

    "So, unless Miss Sciuto can shoot a gun, I do not recommend leaving her alone." Now that Agents Gibbs and DiNozzo had returned, she crossed the room once more and put her weapons back on her body. "Once Ducky is finished his exam, Ari's body will be shipped out of here first thing in the morning. So, you and your team can get back to your lives."
     

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